On June 20, A bipartisan group of US lawmakers has introduced a bill to create a commission to study the country’s approach to artificial intelligence (AI).
The main purpose of the bill tour around setting standards in the AI industry. The law comes just after European Union (EU) consumer protection groups urged regulators to investigate the AI models behind popular chatbots.
The bipartisan National Artificial Intelligence Commission Act was introduced by Representatives Ted Lieu, Ken Buck, and Anna Eshoo. The bill proposes the creation of a national body tasked with formulating a global framework to regulate AI.
The law is intended to address potential risks associated with AI technology, and Lieu stresses the importance of preventing harm that can result from unregulated AI.. To do this, the commission will bring together experts, officials, industry representatives and labor agents. Their collective efforts will focus on offering recommendations for effective AI regulation, according to the legislators.
Merve Hickok, president of the Center for Artificial Intelligence and Digital Policy, expressed her support for the National Artificial Intelligence Commission. She said the proposal is timely and crucial, as it would set essential standards for AI and facilitate public participation in shaping the national AI strategy. the center already has previously warned about the lack of preparation of the United States to face the future challenges of AI.
Hickok believes that the proposal to form a commission is a welcome development and he praised lawmakers for the initiative.
This advance comes after persistent calls from numerous tech industry influencers, including billionaire Elon Musk and others, who have stressed the need for measures to slow the pace of AI advancement. In particular, Sam Altman, CEO of ChatGPT, creator of OpenAI, has recently raised concerns about the urgent need to effectively regulate the AI industry.
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